YouTuber designs a DIY solar device to help power Puerto Rico

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Swaths of Puerto Rico still lack electricity. Jehu Garcia, film-making equipment company owner and YouTuber, wondered how he could help. He’s known for building his own do-it-yourself version of a Powerwall, and tackled the Puerto Rico power issue with his technical know-how by building a solar generator, and providing information for others to also build the DIY generators.

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Tesla rapidly installs solar power at a children’s hospital in Puerto Rico

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, has spoken recently about the role it may play in rebuilding Puerto Rico’s devastated electrical grid, with its replacement being more resilient and sustainable thanks to micro-grid technology and on-site solar generation and storage. Now, Tesla is turning these words into greater actions by building up the modern energy infrastructure of Hospital del Niño, a children’s hospital in San Juan. Tesla has already begun constructing a solar field near the hospital and is shipping… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Tiny Montana company signs $300M contract to help restore power in Puerto Rico

The majority of Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million residents still lack electricity in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Now, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) is looking to a two-year-old Montana-based company, Whitefish Energy, to help them switch the power back on. But some people are wondering why PREPA would sign the $300 million contract, the largest issued yet, with a company that had only two full-time employees at the time Hurricane Maria hit the island.

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Tesla is shipping hundreds of Powerwall battery systems to Puerto Rico

Tesla, best known for its pioneering electric cars and major investments in energy storage technology, is stepping in to aid Puerto Rico in its recovery from Hurricane Maria by sending hundreds of Powerwall battery systems to the American Commonwealth, whose 3.5 million citizens still do not have access to electricity. Because full power is not expected to be restored for months, the Powerwall energy storage systems, which can be paired with solar panels, could prove to be vital tools as Puerto Rico… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building